Nine schools recognized by Healthy Kids

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Nine District schools were recognized as Healthy Kids, Healthy School winners on Thursday, Dec. 5.

In all, 33 Dane County schools were recognized. The nine MCPASD schools were the most of any District in the county. The other districts to have schools recognized were Madison Metropolitan (8), Oregon (7), Sun Prairie (7), Stoughton (1) and Verona (1). This is the first year the Healthy Kids Collaborative of Dane County has announced award winners. Each participating will receive a window cling. Each school will also receive their results and a customized action plan.

There were three levels -- gold, silver and bronze -- of recognition. Northside, Park, Sauk Trail, West Middleton, Glacier Creek and Kromrey received gold recognition, which is the highest honor available, while Elm Lawn, Sunset Ridge and Clark Street Community School received silver recognition.

To recognize their work, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi proclaimed Thursday as Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools Day.

Participating schools were asked to complete an assessment and gauge current activities in the following areas: healthy foods in schools, being active in school, and healthy and well in school. Activities such as planting a school garden or providing active indoor recess earned points for schools.

Schools from across Dane County will be invited to participate in the inaugural Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools Summit in the spring of 2020.

Representatives from Healthy Kids Collaborative presented a gold award to Park principal Monica Schommer, the school's wellness team and District wellness coordinator Kalise Horst on Thursday afternoon.

Please also check out a short video highlighting a number of award-winning schools, including Northside.

Visit the Healthy Kids website to learn more.